Welcome to the 2020 STAR Sensory Symposium

At STAR Institute, we are closely monitoring developments relating to COVID-19, reviewing the guidance from the CDC (Center for Disease and Control), WHO (World Health Organization), and local state departments, so as to ensure your safety at our upcoming events.

Join us in San Antonio as we look at the underlying connections between challenging behaviors, sensory processing, regulation, and relationship. At this year’s Symposium, we explore current, evidence-based, best practice supports for challenging behaviors. Our dynamic group of speakers will provide a multi-dimensional view of behaviors and these connections that will radically transform clinical practice and provide tools for advocacy and support for the parent and self-advocate. These representatives of different disciplines each bring a unique clinical or research perspective to understanding the intricate processes that lie beyond the surface of behaviors. Viewing challenging behaviors as actual communication of these underlying processes serves to build relationships, function, and enables holistic and individualized supports.

This symposium is designed for clinicians, researchers and professionals working with neuro-diverse populations, including: occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, child development specialists and mental health professionals. We also welcome parents, caregivers and careers, as well as individuals with disordered sensory processing.

This year, we are excited to offer our NEW Premium and Deluxe packages, geared towards those who need AOTA CEUs and those who do not. As the leading international experts in sensory processing, we believe building strong connections and networking to be a key factor for those in our community. These packages are focused on the engagement, collaboration and involvement of those attending including the pre-symposium workshops, networking lunch and reception to encourage the success of transforming challenging behaviors and lives. We look forward to seeing you this October in Texas!

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2020 Symposium Speakers

Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke, PhD
Profectum Foundation

Greg Hickok

Greg Hickok, PhD
University of California, Irvine

Kim Clairy

Kim Clairy, MOT, OTR/L
Autism Advocate & Speaker

Gustavo Reinoso

Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L
Nova Southeastern University

Preliminary Agenda


Location and Accommodations

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport
37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 366-2424

Located just minutes from San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on Interstate 410, across from the upscale North Star Shopping Mall, our centrally located hotel offers close proximity to the downtown Riverwalk area and many major attractions such as SeaWorld and Fiesta Texas. Discover many things to do in San Antonio with our 24-hour shuttle service to the airport and nearby businesses. Enjoy spacious accommodations equipped with a range of thoughtful amenities including High Def LCD televisions to signature bedding. The guestrooms were designed with your comfort in mind. The DoubleTree by Hilton features fantastic facility amenities including a picturesque courtyard with a pool and hot tub, Cascabel Restaurant & Bar and Business Center.

Symposium Room Rates

Single:            $115/night + taxes
Double:          $115/night + taxes

Rates apply to October 7-October 10, 2020. Book by September 7, 2020.

Transportation & Parking

  • Located 2 miles from the San Antonio International Airport
  • 16 minutes from Downtown and the River Walk
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free 24-hour shuttle service (airport and nearby businesses)


Stay tuned for reservation details

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to showcase your company by participating as an exhibitor or sponsor of these unique events! Apply to reserve a booth or table in our exhibit hall for the 2-Day Symposium on October 9-10, 2020 or become a sponsor of the Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop on October 8, 2020.

Symposium Exhibitor Opportunities

Our exhibitor packages are designed to allow you to select the benefits that will offer you the greatest return on investment. Register by May 31, 2020 and automatically receive a 10% early-bird discount!

Why should I become an Exhibitor?

  • Provides exposure and raises awareness about your products/services to a highly targeted audience
  • Connects you with professionals, researchers, parents and students who are eager to experience leading-edge tools and resources for SPD
  • Acknowledgement through an array of marketing tools, including our highly trafficked website, targeted email campaigns, and social media postsLearn More

Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop Sponsorship Opportunities

Parent Workshop sponsors directly help local families in need by connecting them with other parents, providers, and resources they so desperately need. Each sponsorship covers tuition for low-income parents/caregivers to attend the workshop in person or have access to the online version.

Why should I become an Sponsor?

  • Costs are affordable and each sponsor level offers a way to gain interest of attendees
  • Expand your customer base, gain exposure for your organization and increase brand recognition
  • Increase visibility and exposure for your products and services to our highly targeted audience of parents and caregivers of children living with SPD and related conditions
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